Hockey: Morgan returns to where it all began

STAR STRUCK: Ben Venue's hockey teams were thrilled to meet former student and Rio Olympian Georgie Morgan when she visited her primary school on Wednesday.

STAR STRUCK: Ben Venue's hockey teams were thrilled to meet former student and Rio Olympian Georgie Morgan when she visited her primary school on Wednesday.

ARMIDALE’S Olympian Georgie Morgan paid a visit to her former schools in Duval High and Ben Venue Public this week and left students in awe with stories of her rise to international hockey success and her journey to the Rio Games.

Morgan’s start in the sport began when she was a student at Ben Venue, where she played every sport she could before hockey became her mainstay. 

"When I played, we went to state championships in year five and six and we won one year,” she said.

"Mrs Heagney was the coach the whole time I was there and we had a really strong team and that is when I really started to love the team atmosphere.” 

The students were thrilled with meeting their sporting idol. Morgan also presented the schools with signed Hockeyroos memorabilia. 

Student Brielle Ball was in awe of Morgan and said she hopes to follow in her footsteps. 

"She is my biggest idol because she has gone through so many levels in hockey. She just kept on pushing herself to get to this level and I really want to do the same so I loved her coming here to talk to us about what she is doing,” Brielle said. 

Morgan will now sharpen her focus towards the NSW Arrows and their Australian Hockey League campaign.

The 2016 installment will be played in Perth from September 29 to October 9, and see the womens and mens tournaments played at the same venue for the first time ever as well as the inclusion of teams from Malaysia, India and New Zealand.

The Arrows go in looking to improve on their bronze effort last year.

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